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« on: May 20, 2009, 04:56:08 PM »

 

When I find good Force.com articles I'll post them here.  I'll also compile links to all the PDF docs available for Force.com developers.  Here's a good page on the "Whys" of yet another new development platform: http://blog.sforce.com/sforce/2008/05/proprietary-mis.html.

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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2009, 07:08:02 PM »

The best single source for Force.com information is here: http://wiki.developerforce.com/index.php/Documentation.  Creating a free development account (organization) gives you access to the best introduction book available.  It's called Force.com Fundamentals and it's a 20 meg .pdf download after you log in.

The Force.com Developer guide is typically step #2 in the process.  The two bibles after that are:

- Visualforce Developer's Guide (http://www.salesforce.com/us/developer/docs/pages/index.htm)
- The Force.com Apex Code Developer's Guide (http://www.salesforce.com/us/developer/docs/apexcode/index.htm)

These are specific references for the front-end (Visualforce) and the back-end (Apex).  For the most part they're all I use these days but the other two are recommended to get an understanding of the platform.  I included the HTML links but recommend downloading the .PDFs if you're interested in learning it.

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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2009, 01:11:17 PM »

Here's a good link on the general    benefits of programming on the Force.com platform: http://www.salesforce.com/platform/tco

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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2009, 11:10:51 AM »

This just in: https://www.salesforce.com/form/signup/freeforce-platform.jsp   

Not only can you have as many free developer accounts as you want but you can also publish your apps on a small footprint, free addition for clients. 
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2009, 10:06:10 AM »

The Big Switch - Rewiring the World from Edison to Google
The definitive Guide to the Cloud Computing Revolution.

Fantastic book!  It's #4 on the Newsweek top 50 books for our times: http://www.newsweek.com/id/204300

At Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0393333949/?tag=nwswk-20

It's not Salesforce specific but I figured this would be the best place on the Cache to mention it.
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2009, 10:22:48 AM »

Have you read it yet? Looking at the Amazon reviews, I'm not sure it's more than a historical, rather than a gear spinner... it's Kindle price is only $10, but don't need another iBook on the iNightStand if it's not really going to blow the brains open... thoughts?
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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2009, 10:33:47 AM »

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Have you read it yet?

Over 1/2 way through and can't put it down.  It reads a little like a novel and also like an interesting road map to the future of the Internet - which is obviously in the direction of cloud computing.  It's something to enjoy on your next vacation or when you're relaxing somewhere.  Very easy to consume and very well written and interesting - IMO. 

I actually got it free after attending his webinar a few weeks ago.  I downplayed it in my mind as a useless free book and was stunned by how good it was.  Then realizing it's momentum to the top of reading lists I wanted to share my find with the Cache.

No, I wouldn't call it a real gear-spinner but I'd call it a clarifier.
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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2009, 10:48:10 AM »

Nice clarification, thanks meng.
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